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FBI Pledges to Hunt Benghazi Attackers for 'As Long As It Takes' FBI Pledges to Hunt Benghazi Attackers for 'As Long As It Takes' FBI Pledges to Hunt Benghazi Attackers for 'As Long As It Takes' FBI Pledges to Hunt Bengh...

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FBI Pledges to Hunt Benghazi Attackers for 'As Long As It Takes'

This photo taken on September 11, 2012 shows a vehicle and surrounding buildings smoldering after they were set on fire inside the US mission compound in Benghazi.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Sara Sorcher
February 4, 2014

The FBI will "never give up" on its—so far fruitless—manhunt to find and capture those responsible for the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11 two years ago, Director James Comey pledged Tuesday.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., asked Comey at a House Intelligence Committee hearing when policymakers can expect to see "some movement" in the ongoing quest to find those responsible for killing the ambassador and three other American personnel who remain at large. By movement, Miller  said he wants to see them captured, killed, or detained.

Comey couldn't say, exactly.

 

He did stress: "We will never give up on this matter, until we have the people [responsible] in our custody…. As long as it takes. The one thing we don't do at the FBI is ever forget."

For the first time, the Obama administration last month named two militant groups in Libya as being responsible for the attack—branches of Ansar al-Sharia in the cities of Derna and Benghazi. It also labeled Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and now the leader of the Derna branch, as a global terrorist; a senior leader of the Benghazi branch, Ahmed Abu Khattala, was also designated as a terrorist.

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